Ford Theatre Reunion at The Avenue Cafe
Thursday, Sept. 1 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, FREE (donations encouraged), 8 p.m.
Gypsy-rock band Ford Theatre Reunion, out of Lexington, Ky., returns to Lansing Thursday for a headlining show at the Avenue Café. Mixing blasts of punk-rock guitar with an old-timey backdrop of banjo, clarinet and melancholy accordion, the band describes its high-energy, circus/cabaret ambiance as the “perfect soundtrack for a puppet show at a funeral.” Sharing the stage is Jackson-based rock ‘n’ roll outfit the Conspicuous Bystanders. A few local acts round out the night, including the Jonestown Crows, a self-described “bluesinfused progressive doom-grass band.” Scary Women brings its raw, Bikini Kill vibes while worm, a local singer/songwriter project, adds an acoustic flair to the eclectic evening of original music. To sample the Ford Theatre Reunion’s discography, including its latest release, 2015’ “Legends & Landmarks” LP, visit fordtheatrereunion.bandcamp.com.
Moosh & Twist at Mac's Bar
Wednesday, Sept. 7 @ Mac’s Bar, 2600 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $17/$15 adv./$50 VIP, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia-based rap duo Moosh & Twist headlines Saturday at Mac’s Bar; opening the all-ages show are Pryde, Packy and Alexander Lynch. While the duo has released a string of mixtapes since it formed five years ago, Moosh & Twist is touring in support of its first proper LP, “Growing Pains.” DeQuincy “Moosh” Coleman-McRae and Oliver “Twist” Feighan met as grade school students and quickly bonded over a love of hip hop culture and music. In 2011, while they were still in high school, the emcees released “Up Before the World,” their debut mixtape. It scored the guys positive press from the likes of XXL magazine. The pair’s 2014 EP, “Living Out Loud,” broke into the top five on iTunes’ hip-hop chart and hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. VIP tickets to Saturday’s show include early entry, a meet and greet with the artists, a digital download of “Growing Pains” and other perks.
Lansing Symphony Orchestra featuring pianist Jeremy Denk
Friday, Sept. 9 @ Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, $20-$50, 8 p.m.
The Lansing Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2016-2017 season with “Impressions,” an evening of music by impressionist composers. The concert features pianist Jeremy Denk, hailed by the New York Times as someone you “want to hear no matter what he performs.” The program comprises Manuel de Falla’s Suite No. 2 from “Three Cornered Hat,” Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in D Major for the Left Hand, Ottorino Respighi’s “Fountains of Rome” and Claude Debussy’s “La Mer.” A graduate of New York’s Juilliard School, Denk was winner of a 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize. The New York-based pianist has also appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic. For ticket information, visit whartoncenter.com.